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Trump said Mike Pence ‘merits’ hanging in the midst of serenades during Capitol revolt: Liz Cheney

Trump said Mike Pence 'merits' hanging in the midst of serenades during Capitol revolt: Liz Cheney

Trump said Mike Pence ‘merits’ hanging in the midst of serenades during Capitol revolt: Liz Cheney

Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney claimed Thursday that then-President Donald Trump said during last year’s Capitol revolt that Vice President Mike Pence “merits” to be hanged as Trump allies recited “hang Mike Pence.”

Cheney, the bad habit seat of the House select board researching the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt, spread out the case during her initial assertion at the board’s first early evening hearing — which was featured by a 10-minute video following the course of the viciousness as it unfurled, sound-tracked by progressively rushed radio correspondences from Washington DC and US Capitol Police.

“You will hear that President Trump was shouting and ‘truly irate’ at counselors who let him know he should have been accomplishing something else,”

Cheney said,

“and — mindful of the agitators’ serenades to hang Mike Pence — the president answered with this feeling statement: ‘Perhaps our allies have the right thought.’ Mike Pence quote ‘merits it.'”

Cheney likewise guaranteed that

“over numerous months, Donald Trump regulated and composed a modern seven-section intend to upset the [2020] official political decision and forestall the exchange of official power. In our hearings, you will see proof of every component of this arrangement.”

“On the morning of January 6, President Donald Trump’s goal was to stay the leader of the United States, notwithstanding the legitimate result of the 2020 political decision. Also, disregarding his protected commitment to surrender power,”

Cheney went on.

US Representative Liz Cheney looks on during a House Select Committee hearing to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol, in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 9, 2022.
Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney alleged that President Donald Trump said that Vice President Mike Pence “deserves” to be hanged as Trump supporters chanted “hang Mike Pence” during the Capitol riot.
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Cheney, one of two Republicans on the panel, clashed repeatedly with Trump during his four years in office, particularly on foreign policy. She voted last year to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the riot and Trump has endorsed her congressional primary challenger Harriet Hageman.

The congresswoman’s opening statement was more detailed than the one read by chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who spoke broadly about the events of Jan. 6, 2021 and his perspective on them.

“I’m from a part of the country where people justify the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try and justify the actions of the insurrection on January 6, 2021,”

Thompson said.

Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., read the final certification of Electoral College votes cast in November's presidential election during a joint session of Congress after working through the night, at the Capitol in Washington, in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2021.
Cheney said Trump in acted in “violation of his constitutional obligation to relinquish power.”
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The first of many video clips played during the hearing was of Trump Attorney General Bill Barr’s deposition, in which he recalled telling the 45th president that his claims of election fraud were

“bulls–t.”

Cheney, meanwhile, introduced excerpts from committee interviews with former Trump aide Jason Miller, who described discussions with Trump about his election loss, and with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner — who admitted he brushed off former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s alleged threat to quit over Trump’s post-election maneuvers as

“whining.”

Cheney further alleged that a Dec. 19, 2020, tweet by Trump that read,

“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

set in motion the riot. On that day, Trump addressed thousands of supporters near the White House before urging them to march on the Capitol to pressure Pence and Republican lawmakers to reject swing-state electors for Joe Biden.

) In this file photo taken on January 06, 2021, US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC.
On the morning in question, Donald Trump sent out tweets encouraging his supporters to attend “wild” rallies, which escalated into the riot.
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“This tweet initiated a chain of events. The tweet led to the planning for what occurred on January 6, including by the Proud Boys, who ultimately led the invasion of the Capitol and the violence on that day,”

she said.

An analysis of video by the Wall Street Journal found that Proud Boys members were involved in early clashes with police that helped collapse a security perimeter around the Capitol while Trump was still speaking near the White House.

Cheney promised that during public committee hearings

“you will hear about members of the Trump Cabinet discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment and replacing the president of the United States”

and accused the 45th president of doing nothing to help relieve besieged members of Congress on that day.

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. With riot cases flooding into Washington’s federal court, the Justice Department is under pressure to quickly resolve the least serious cases.
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.
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“Not only did President Trump refuse to tell the mob to leave the Capitol, he placed no call to any element of the United States government to instruct that the Capitol be defended,”

Cheney alleged.

“He did not call his secretary of defense on Jan. 6. He did not talk to his attorney general. He did not talk to the Department of Homeland Security. President Trump gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day and he made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets. But Vice President Pence did each of those things.”

After Cheney’s statement, Thompson introduced the video, some of which appeared in the Senate impeachment trial of Trump following the riot. Other footage was shot by documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who appeared at the hearing as a witness.

The footage included congressional staffers fleeing House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office as the mob approached, a rioter reading out a Trump tweet disparaging Pence over a bullhorn as chaos raged, and a police officer telling a colleague near the West Front of the Capitol:

“We can’t hold this. This is too many f—ing people. Look at this.”

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